The Fund for Nursing Excellence

Mission Driven, Outcome Focused

The Fund for Nursing Excellence will renovate, expand, and endow a Nursing Education and Simulation Center at the University of Saint Joseph.

Join us today in preparing the nurses of tomorrow.

“The goal is to prepare graduates to practice the art and science of Nursing, to be effective leaders, and to use evidence-based resources to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. The Nursing Education and Simulation Center will elevate our students’ experience to the next level.”

USJ President Rhona Free, Ph.D.

This new and expanded lab will provide multiple teaching opportunities for our faculty to engage students in reflective learning, applying theoretical knowledge from the classroom to a simulated patient environment. This will also expand on potential interprofessional faculty research projects. This is an exciting time for our Nursing Department and allied health professions here at the University of Saint Joseph.

Elizabeth Francis-Connolly, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science

COVID-19 has impacted our ability to provide students with clinical hours. Now more than ever, simulation is essential to get students the hands-on experience they need before we have another serious outbreak.

Maria Tackett RN, EdD, CEN, TCRN, CCRN-k
Nurse Director, Trauma/ Professional Practice
Hartford Hospital

The nursing sim lab was a huge part of my learning experience at USJ. It is an amazing resource for nursing students, providing a safe space for practicing nursing skills. Having more space, updated equipment, and a greater variety of simulation experiences will help prepare students for their career and enhance their clinical experience!

Amanda Crocker ’16
USJ Nursing Graduate currently employed at Hartford Hospital

Never could I have imagined being on the frontlines of a pandemic in my first year as a nurse. However, I believe the holistic education I obtained from the University of Saint Joseph has contributed to my resiliency during this difficult time. The foundation of knowledge and clinical skills I learned has equipped me to serve my community by providing safe, compassionate care. Simulation exercises and equipment were integral to my education and allowed me start my career as a nurse feeling confident and prepared. I hope all USJ nursing students in the future will also benefit from first-class facilities.

Ciera Carter ’19
USJ Nursing Graduate currently employed at Hartford Hospital

John Rodis, M.D., M.B.A.
Trustee
Campaign Chair 
Brendan M. Fox, M.D.
P’81, P’82, GP’20

Honorary Campaign Chair 

TO LEARN MORE CONTACT:

Maggie Pinney ’95,
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
860.231.5397 or [email protected]